Prairie Wind dominates the lobby of a major downtown Des Moines building and is most often viewed from a skywalk level. Its arcs and dips illustrate the wind whipping through the prairie.Asked about his inspiration, Hornecker states: “My work is built around my interest in the history and topography of the landscape. Rivers, land forms, rocks, trees, and the way they effect one another as well as man and vice versa are constant themes. There is a play of tensions and balances.” He adds: “The weather is the most important!” and so must it be in his considerations about the integrity and permanence of all his major works. Hornecker is a sculptor with intentions for works lasting centuries, not decades.